Post written by Jonathan Haile
My name is Jonathan Haile, and I am a first-year student at Regent University School of Law. My experience here has been incredible in every area. I’ve been blessed with excellent professors, a wonderful church, and some of the best friendships I’ve ever had. I’ve also been able to start doing practical work by becoming a student staff worker for the Center for Global Justice.
I was placed onto a team that is working on a project for Advocates International (AI). AI has local advocates all around the world who are there to help individuals and countries in many areas of justice, including religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the rule of law. My team and I are working on a project for advocates in Africa. We are updating a chart made in 2015 that gives a broad overview of the status of the laws of every African country regarding marriage, religious freedom, the sanctity of life, family law, and related issues. This chart allows an advocate who is approached with an issue from any country in Africa to quickly understand the status of the law in that country regarding the issues that AI has a major focus on.
It’s been very interesting to learn more about an area of the world that I have never known much about before. It’s been very sobering to recognize the hardships that many individuals face daily in their life that are so different from my experience. On the other hand, it has also been an encouragement to see how social change is coming to the continent of Africa. Nations have been influenced by the recognition of the value of human life and have been changing laws to reflect this value. I look forward to continuing this vital research. To learn more about Advocates International, visit their website at https://advocatesinternational.org/.
This post was written by a Center for Global Justice Student Staff member. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.